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Snowfall-Driven Growth in East Antarctic Ice Sheet Mitigates Recent Sea-Level Rise

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Science  24 Jun 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5730, pp. 1898-1901
DOI: 10.1126/science.1110662

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Abstract

Satellite radar altimetry measurements indicate that the East Antarctic ice-sheet interior north of 81.6°S increased in mass by 45 ± 7 billion metric tons per year from 1992 to 2003. Comparisons with contemporaneous meteorological model snowfall estimates suggest that the gain in mass was associated with increased precipitation. A gain of this magnitude is enough to slow sea-level rise by 0.12 ± 0.02 millimeters per year.

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